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Polls show increasingly unsatisfied US voters

Published: October 14, 2016, 4:08 pm

    With the presidential election less than a month away, 28% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in their country, a Gallup poll shows.

    “While Clinton may pin her hopes for winning on convincing Americans of the need to continue with the course Obama has set, she would also benefit from convincing voters she can improve on what Obama has accomplished,” Gallup notes.

    “With seven in 10 Americans expressing dissatisfaction with the nation’s course, Trump has a large audience who agrees with his contention that the country is on the wrong track,” the pollsters say.

    The low satisfaction levels that started near the end of the George W. Bush administration and have persisted under President Barack Obama.

    Satisfaction remains significantly below the historical average of 37% since Gallup began measuring it in 1979, showing the Democrats doing a terrible job of governing.

    Americans’ current level of satisfaction is similar to where it has been for most of 2016, with the notable exception of July this year, after five police officers in Dallas were fatally shot.

    That month, 17% of Americans were satisfied according to the July 13-17 poll, conducted shortly after shootings.

    By August, when news coverage focused on political conventions, satisfaction rebounded to the levels seen before July.

    Hillary Clinton has vowed to continue pres. Barack Obama’s policies, even though less than a third of Americans are satisfied with the country’s direction under his leadership.

    But a month before the 2012 election, during Superstorm Sandy, satisfaction levels rose form 30%, to 33% immediately before the election.

    Heading into the Nov. 8 general election this year, the finding that fewer than one in three Americans approve of the way things are going in the United States, could mean trouble for the Democratic Party’s chances of holding on to the White House in 2016.

    The low satisfaction level could also affect voter turnout.

    Meanwhile, Trump has continued to expose the Clinton globalist agenda. According to the Republican nominee, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is part of a biased coalition working in collusion with the Clinton campaign.

    He called Hillary a “criminal”.

    Slim, as a shareholder of New York Times Co. and donor to the Clinton Foundation, has an interest in helping Hillary Clinton’s campaign, says a Trump adviser.

    The New York Times published a hit piece on Trump about decades-old allegations from several women about inappropriate advances.

    Attacking the Mexican billionaire would allow Trump to take aim at several targets all at once, as the failing New York Times had to be rescued by Slim. The Slim family held about 17% of the New York Times Class A shares as of March, making them the largest individual shareholder.

    Clinton’s press secrtary, Brian Fallon called the attack on Slim “just another deranged right-wing conspiracy theory.”

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